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Optical materials

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Researchers have developed a smooth, durable, clear polymer coating that swiftly sheds water, oils, alcohols and even peanut butter.

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A novel database of inorganic thin-film materials for energy applications developed by NREL scientists contains more than 140,000 sample entries.

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Constant illumination relaxes the crystal lattice of a perovskite material, making it more efficient at collecting sunlight and converting it to energy.

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A novel smart ink can produce 3D objects that change shape and color, such as reducing to 1% their original size with 10-times the resolution.

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A novel method can produce linked networks of metal oxides, held together by boron, that possess interesting catalytic or electronic properties.

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An aluminum-based material can quickly change how it reflects heat, by smoothing or wrinkling its surface after being stretched or electrically triggered.

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Chemists have found a sodium-based material that offers a cheap and non-toxic alternative to lead-containing perovskites for use in solar cells.

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Sewing patches of crystals seamlessly together at the atomic level to produce atomically thin fabrics.

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Polyurethane/black phosphorous composite is a biodegradable, remotely trigged shape memory polymer.

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Find out about the winners of this year's Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids.

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